Uber is an illegal cab company and should just be shut down. If Uber puts the cab companies out of business it most certainly take away a lot of "real" jobs. Furthermore, we'll all be slaves to "surge pricing". And make no mistake, surge pricing is going to increase drunk driving fatalities.
Where I live, we have a provincial and municipal body that insures that cabs and cabbies meet certain standards.
The cabs have to be above a minimal size, clean, safe, (non-smoking driver or passenger) and are randomly spot-checked for brakes, door latches, odometer settings, etc.
The cabbies have health checks against contagious diseases, have passed a rigorous driving test, and are not on parole. A sex related or physical violence criminal records would disallow the cabby from having a license. The cab license includes insurance and proof of insurance.
Like other big cities, the cab license is in the one to two hundred thousand dollar range. The idea being to induce owner/operator cabbies versus leased for the day or month taxis.
Certain taxis are equipped for disabled client transportation (wheel chair) or other. Some drivers are working split shifts --- 5:30am to 10am, 4pm to 11pm to make ends meet.
Uber has to play by the same rules or they are going to be out. The province is considering a Taxi Organization of which drivers must be members, in order to work as cabbies and chauffeurs. This is a licensing organization would be similar to home-renovation, plumbers, electricians, building contractors, etc.